Inside Shampine's wooded hideout
BATON ROUGE - Tuesday makes a week since Dennis Shampine, 33, began his most recent run from the law that's taken him to a wooded area along the Amite and Comite rivers.
Authorities believe Shampine is somehow surviving in more than 500 acres of swamp and worry what will happen when he runs out of whatever is keeping him going.
"There's a risk that his conduct could accelerate. He could become more violent. We need to get him off of the streets or out of the woods," Walker Police Captain John Sharpe said Monday evening.
Shampine faces strong-arm robbery, assault and failure to register as a sex offender charges after officers say he broke his parole.
In 2003, Shampine was sent to prison for ten years after beating a woman into a coma. Police are certain Shampine is hell-bent on avoiding prison, a place he'll likely end up when he is caught.
"His desire of not going back to prison makes him dangerous," Sharpe said. Shampine faces up to 20 years in prison if he's caught, Sharpe added.
Walker Police said Shampine robbed a convenience store and stole money from his girlfriend before running from authorities.
Authorities said it's not unfounded to assume someone is helping Shampine.
Watch the attached video for more on what life might be like for Shampine in the woods.